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Sorry, another s7 ski length question-- 188 or 178 ?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for anyone willing to give info  redface.gif

 

ALL the dimensions are different:

 

188:   145 - 115 - 123   radius: 17.5

 

178:   140 - 110 - 118    radius:  14.8

 

 

 

I don't have a ski length ego issue  smile.gif   i just want to get the right ski.

 

I'm 150lbs,  5' 9".    I'd mainly use these for my Utah trip.   I like the pow, don't mind moguls if they're fun, and I like the steeps.  I feel we tend to ski faster there than back on our smaller mountain.

 

I'm skilled, but not hugely powerful I'd say. 

 

The 178 does give up a lot of surface area.  I'm from the east, so I figure I need all the powder help I can get.  lol

 

I have the 178s at home now, new.  But the shop says I can switch them out. 

 

They don't look that big on my floor  :)   

 

We often have to hunt powder in the trees.  I don't want to get too much ski for myself & hit one.   I did demo the 178 briefly.   They were fun, but I felt longer may be better.    

 

Thanks for any thoughts !!!

 

Brett

post #2 of 15

I may not be much help but as a big fan of the 7, what makes you say  "I did demo the 178 briefly. They were fun, but I felt longer may be better"?   There is no doubt the ski is stupid easy to ski and there are many out there who want more guts.  I've been on the 195 Super for over two years but I'm 6' 215 lbs.     

post #3 of 15

The S7 skis short so being a little longer may be a good idea, although you're not too heavy so the 178 is probably what's recommended..  You can go to Rossignol's website (linked in the upper right of this page) and get to the S7 page under men's skis and there is a sizing chart that may help.  I'd post it up but our  filter is currently blocking it for some reason.  Anyway, for your size, I would think the 178 would be fine but you can verify it yourself at the website.

post #4 of 15

Would you have more trouble bringing the skis through the turn or with your fore and aft balance? (rhetorical)  Among other factors. 

 

I'm 135# and ski (with total stoke factor) the 178cm. My son who is similar body but 45 years younger skis the Super 188cm.

post #5 of 15

I'm 165, 6', have skied the 176 and own the 188. You could use either, depends on your style. If you're a tailgunner, or will use these mainly for more open terrain and deeper powder, or like to smear and slarve, or want to go as fast as you can on them - although better skis for that - go with the 188's. If you're centered to forward, and figure on trees, light pow, and/or soft bumps, or just like to get the skis over on edge, go with the 176's, since your height will make it tougher to exert much force on the front of a 188 anyway.

 

Dave is right; these are fairly sensitive to where your CM is, and may ask for different balance depending on what you're doing in what kind of snow. Stupid easy but oddly demanding is what I'd call 'em. 

post #6 of 15

I ski the 188 but am 187lbs.  Based on my experience 2 yrs on the S7.   I would say the 178 will be fine for a 150 lbs.

post #7 of 15

Here's the Rossignol link.  The sizing chart is in the righthand margin.  http://www.rossignol.com/US/US/s7-open_RA2QC02_product_alpine-men-skis-freeride.html

 

The recommended length for 140-170 lbs. is 178.  They are super easy to ski but different from a more traditionally cambered and constructed ski.  Have fun with them!

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

thanks everyone so far! 

 

the chart does like me on the 178, thanks.

 

but when i lay the 178 s7 next to my tiny 163 blizzards, they don't look much longer at all.

 

* *  think snow * *

post #9 of 15

I don't think you can compare the S7 to the Blizzard.  Trust me, the S7 is super easy to ski but incredibly stable at speed, even on groomers.  It's just a different ski.  I wouldn't judge too much by looking at it compared to your other skis.  In powder, you'll need to feel them out to learn how to ski them.  They're not like skiing on a more traditional shape.  But you can do anything you want on them, to the point of them feeling like they're cheaters.

post #10 of 15

My two cents would be the 188cm

 

I am your size and ski on a pair of Keepers in a 189c,

 

With the rocker tip and tail it's going to ski much shorter.

 

Go BIG or go Home.

post #11 of 15

You really could go either way, but with the twintip they are going to ski quite a bit shorter.  It's too bad they don't offer this ski in a 183cm as well.

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

You really could go either way, but with the twintip they are going to ski quite a bit shorter.  It's too bad they don't offer this ski in a 183cm as well.

 

Good point. I had the 178, liked it a lot mostly, but in the end I felt it was too short. Sold and bought the DPS 112 in a 184, and it is just right. (The 184 is pretty similar to the 188 S7, I think, which I have not skied, but maybe it's mental ... 188 just sounds too long). I'm also 5'9", about 140. 

post #13 of 15

I've skied the 188 and 195. The s7 is really easy to ski, the running length is so short, I would always go with the longer length. 

 

That being said, I have always noticed the extra length in any ski usually is super noticable while skiing, but your quads will notice a little sooner than you will.

 

If you aren't in the best shape, go for the 178

post #14 of 15

188 S7 because it ski's so bloody short.  I'm 5'10" and 180lbs, do a lot of weight lifting and cardio at the gym and i almost wish i went with a Super7 but i use it for skinning and that would add weight.  You have the 178 version so you should know how stupid short and turny the ski is.  That extra length will help you float for when you find a powder stash, add stability for those steeps that you want to bomb down.  As you progress as a skier you'll be happy you went with a longer S7 plus if you want to sell it later and get something different the 188 will be much easier to unload.

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

thanks for all the replies!    redface.gif

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